Monday, July 30, 2012

R.I.P. Ed Rhoades

I have just received the sad news that Ed Rhoades passed away, today, as the result of a bicycling accident. (See the news report from WNEP Channel 16 in Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Ed Rhoades was a great  family man, musician, art teacher,  a longtime Phantom fan, and friend of Lee Falk, Sy Barry and several other Phantom creators, editors, and fellow-fans all over the world.

Rhoades was editor and publisher of the newsletter for the Phantom fan club Friends of the Phantom. He has also contributed Phantom-related articles and interviews for several other publications. In addition, Rhoades was integral to the making of the A&E "The Phantom: Comic Book Crusader" special, created for the A&E Biography series in 2000.

As of 2006, Rhoades was a consultant for Moonstone Books and contributed articles under the title "Behind the Mask". Rhoades also co-wrote a story with Mike Bullock for the prose anthology The Phantom Chronicles.

My deepest condolences go to Ed's wife Kimberly and all the Rhoades family.  Rest in Peace, Ed.


  1. That sucks!! My prayers are with his phriends and phamily...

  2. Ed was my brother, the best big brother you could ever imagine. For information on his life, his work, and his memorial service go to his website:

    1. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy. He helped me a lot in the preparation of my Conference Paper on The Phantom, I would have liked the opportunity to know him better. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death.

  3. OH no! This is terrible news! I had just interviewed Ed a few weeks back for my Academic Paper on The Phantom. My deepest condolences to Kimberly and the family. :-(